Signigicant Songs

Today’s prompt comes from The Daily Post’s Writing 101 June Challenge, which involves significant songs. So I’ll write about the three most important songs in my life, and what they mean to me.

Thinking about this prompt, I realized that, with my iPod dead and my laptop (with my iTunes) dead, I haven’t had access to my music collection in about three years. I also now realize that a lot of the songs I loved growing up were about drugs..?

Wind by Akeboshi

In many ways, this song set the course for my life, for better or for worse. In 6th grade, my Barnes and Noble had one small shelf of graphic novels, and I bought one called ‘Naruto’ on a whim. I loved it so much that I found the courage to bring it to school one day, where, although I was teased, I discovered classmates who had similar interests. The next day, a boy lent me his VHS from Chinatown (my first bootleg TuT) that had the first three episodes shittily subtitled. That’s when I first heard this song, as it was the first ending used for the show. The combination of music and animation floored me. I was obsessed with the song, and feared I’d never hear it again when I had to return the tape. Two years later, I was at an open house for the high school I already knew I was going to attend. The clubs had booths set up and the anime club’s rep, a boy named Ric, had their laptop playing and GUESS WHAT WAS FUCKING PLAYING. That club, and people like Ric, were my happy place in high school. Then, I didn’t know anything about computers really. He taught my how to torrent, set me up in my first MMORPG, brought me to my first convention, taught me things about computers (he’s a software engineer now). Through that, I got more interested in computers, gaming, and animation. My interest in animation expanded, and I unintentionally tended to fixate on anime that had a computer-esque theme to them.

When I finally realized that the song was entirely in English, and I learned all the words to it, I loved it even more. I already identified with the main character of Naruto UNPOPULAR OPINION: He’s one of my faves on the show for various reasons, but the song’s lyrics just got to me as a kid–it was the one song that I felt lyrically expressed how I felt. It captures a lot of the emotions I felt growing up, calls out how I would act versus how I was, addresses things I didn’t like about myself, advises me, and encourages me to try to learn to accept myself for who I am, and try to navigate life at my own pace…all things I still struggle with.

The Cave by Mumford and Sons

This song got me through my last two years of college. Personal issues, health issues, relationship issues, worries about my future, the realization that I was essentially at a school that severely limited my opportunities and education, putting all of my expectations in and applying for grad school, thesis exhibition and anxiety about ART, an internship with a 2-hour commute one way… It really was the same stuff you can expect any college student to experience, but, of course, that doesn’t make it any less easy to deal with. I couldn’t wait until it was 11pm and somewhat more acceptable a bedtime then 10pm so that I could shuffle off to bed to not have to consciously exist. This, and all of the songs listed in ‘honorable mentions’ were on loop at this time.

File City (Night) from the Digimon World OST (PlayStation game)

There really isn’t much to say about this one. I have an unnaturally intense love for this franchise and all of it’s TV seasons, video games, movies, etc. When I played the game as a kid, I used to purposely loiter around in File City at night just so I could sit in my basement alone and in the dark and listen to this song on loop. It’s always had a calming effect on me, and it’s just a beautiful little piece. It’s always stuck with me, and hearing it brings up plenty of good emotions. Same with like, every. Single. Kingdom Hearts song ever made.

Honorable Mentions:

“Beautiful Light” by Uppermost

Sticks and Stones by Jonsi

Go the Distance from Disney’s Hercules

OZ, the Virtual City from the Summer Wars OST

Sakae in Action from the Summer Wars OST

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